UFOs and High Strangeness in the Himalayas
The Kongka Pass or also called Kongka La, is about as remote as it gets. Located within the Himalayan mountain range, the low mountain pass, which meanders through the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, and intrudes into the Chang Chenmo Valley of China, it is a place surrounded by looming snowcapped peaks, deep gullies and valleys, and constantly battered by frigid weather, a place not meant for us. It is a forbidding, uninhabited no man’s land only sparsely roamed by herders, Hindu pilgrims, adventure seekers, and overseen by sporadic military outposts along the craggy border, since the pass has long been disputed and fought over by India and China. It’s sweeping vistas of barren expanses of rocky, jagged land give this place an ambiance and appearance not unlike some alien world, which is perhaps appropriate because the Kongka Pass has come to be known as a hotspot for UFOs and weird alien activity.
For years those who have travelled through the pass have come back with strange stories. Common among these are unidentified lights in the sky, which sometimes do aerial acrobatics, swoop and rise, or even seem to disappear right into the side of the ridge. There are also numerous reports of disorientation, malfunctioning electrical equipment, and lost time, with people reporting suddenly waking up many miles away from where they last remember being. Sightings of UFOs have been reported by people on both sides of the border, with many of these witnesses being military personnel or even leaders, yet considering the harrowing terrain and isolated remoteness there has been little done to actually investigate, and this has led to rumors that the pass holds within it a vast underground warren of tunnels that operates as a UFO base for aliens on Earth. It might just seem like spooky tales orbiting an undeniably beautiful and inhospitable place, but there have been several incidents from the Kongka Pass that stand out.
In 2003, over a dozen Indian troops along the border spotted over several nights floating lights in the sky of the Chinese side of the border that were anomalous enough that they were reported to their command, but there was no further word about what it could have been from their superiors nor from the Chinese military. Even weirder was an incident that allegedly occurred in 2004 in the Lahaul-Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh, where a group of geologists led by a Dr. Anil Kulkarni, of the ISRO’s Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad, were on an expedition to the Samudra Tapu Valley, one of the most desolate and remote places in the entire region. During the expedition, the team reportedly observed a bizarre robotic humanoid measuring 4 feet tall walking along the rocky landscape about 50 meters away. The scientists observed the strange robot for nearly 40 minutes and even took pictures, before it purportedly suddenly rose into the air to shoot into the sky as soon as they tried to draw closer. The whole thing was witnessed by 14 people, including 6 scientists, who concluded there was no reasonable natural explanation. Nevertheless, their report went unanswered and was quietly swept under the carpet. Interestingly, others have reported seeing small, robotic entities in the pass as well, including one sighting in which the entity seemed to disappear into a hole in the ground, which itself then disappeared as if it had never been there.
There was another high-profile and very bizarre series of events that unfolded in the region in 2012. Between August 1 and October 15 of that year, units of the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force reported over 100 sightings of luminous objects in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, a remote, 86,000 sq. km heavily militarized zone between Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir and Chinese-occupied Aksai Chin. The objects were described as luminous yellow orbs, which seemed to lift off from the horizon on the Chinese side and then proceed to move back and forth through the sky before shooting off. Army officials who witnessed the phenomena were certain they were not unmanned aerial vehicles, drones or low earth-orbiting satellites. In September of that year, a mobile ground-based radar unit and a spectrum analyzer was installed at a nearby mountaintop, but even when the objects were seen visually they failed to show up on either radar or in the spectrum analysis. An aircraft was even dispatched to approach one of the objects, but it shot straight upwards and could not be followed. A team of astronomers from the Indian Astronomical Observatory at Hanle also witnessed the objects over a period of three days, and came to the conclusion that they were not planets, meteors, or satellites. The mysterious objects were observed by hundreds of military personnel, officials, and scientists, but have never been conclusively identified.
On top of all of this, Google Earth has uncovered a lot of weird things in the Kongka Pass, such as mysterious openings in the earth that seem to have been bored out with machinery, as well as unregistered military facilities, complexes of buildings, and mysterious structures. It has been claimed that sometimes these images are blurred out on Google Earth not long after being discovered. It is unclear what this has to do with any of the purported UFO activity in the region, but it certainly adds another layer of strangeness to an already strange place. What is going on in this bizarre place? Are these phenomena the result of aliens or something else? One thing that can be said is that if this really is the location of some alien base of operations, with its complete remoteness and disconnect from civilization they could not have picked a better place to go mostly unnoticed.